Ryan Phillippe was on Conan O’Brien on Friday night to promote his new film, Stop Loss. Like his appearance on “The Tonight Show,” his interview was chock full of quotable moments. I’m not a huge fan of the guy but after watching these recent interviews he seems like less of a jerk to me than I previously assumed.
On the paparazzi trailing him
Conan showed a hot photo of Ryan lifting up his shirt to wipe his face while working out, and Ryan said that the paparazzi follow him every day even though he has the same boring routine.
“My friends will say to me, ‘you are not that interesting,’ and I tell them ‘this is what I think every time I see a camera pointing at me in public.’ They must make money.”
On his food-throwing incident with the paparazzi
Conan showed the photo of Ryan with a towel over his head throwing what looks like a 1/2 eaten burger.
Ryan identified the food as a breakfast jack from Jack In The Box and said that the photographer blocked his car after he went through the drive through.
“The pen me in at the drive through… I don’t know, but you get a little bit tempted to hit the accelerator… every once in a while I lose my cool and throw food.”
On his kids and the paparazzi
Conan: “Do they understand when people are taking pictures of you and stuff? Does that bother them?”
Ryan: “The whole point is to try to minimize that… My daughter [Ava, 8] gets a little anxious. My son [Deacon, 4] it kind of goes over his head. It is kind of nerve-wracking to have large men, some of who have prison records, pointing long [lenses] it’s kind of intimidating.”
On the title of his film, Stop Loss
Ryan then explained the title of his new film Stop Loss, which means to stop a soldiers legitimate “loss” of service. After fulfilling a tour of duty honorably, soldiers are sent back and told they can’t get out of the Army. Ryan says that “to be told you’ve got to turn around and go back to what essentially is a hellish environment, has got to be beyond anything that you or I will ever… you know.”
Ryan was on Howard Stern’s radio show on Thursday and he talked about his ex wife’s relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal. He said “He’s a good dude. I love [Reese] and I want her to be happy, and it seems like she is.”
Stop Loss is out in the US on Friday. Ryan is doing a great job promoting the film, which seems to have an important message.
Here’s his interview on Conan, thanks to clipper Monkeyboy on Redlasso.
Ryan Phillippe is shown outside Good Morning America on Friday, thanks to Splash News.